I'm really into this right now. And I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to ever think of it. Haha.
One day I was thinking about how delicious pizza was, but I was also thinking about how much I shouldn't spend money AND I should eat the food I already have and be grateful and not bratty. I noticed that I had about half a bag of whole wheat rotini pasta in my cabinet. And then I thought why not put all the stuff I would want on a pizza in my pasta and then bake it like a pizza?! And so I did.
I still had to buy a few things from the store, but I felt virtuous because I was using the pasta that I already had. See, how that works? The great things about this is it's so versatile! You really can use any ingredients you would want on a pizza. Onions, peppers, mushrooms, olives, pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage...you know what goes on pizza :) If I was going to use veggies I would probably saute them a bit first unless you want them really crunchy. Obviously, if you use raw meat, cook it first. And I would be cautious in trying non-tomato-based pizza varieties. For instance, barbecue chicken pizza pasta doesn't sound that great.... but you could try it!
For my Pizza Pasta, this round I used rotini pasta, pizza sauce, pepperoni, kalamata olives, oven roasted asparagus, and a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan, and provolone cheeses.
my own variation
Pasta, boiled and drained (I would recommend a shorter, compact pasta)
Toppings of your choice
Preheat your oven to 350-400 degrees. Spray a pie plate or cake pan with nonstick spray. When I made this I made enough for 1-2, if you were making a lot more, you would want to use a larger pan or multiple pans.
Boil your pasta according to the directions on the package. After you drain the pasta return it to the pot you boiled it in and put that pot over low heat on your stove. Add your sauce and toppings and thoroughly combine.
Pour your pizza pasta mixture into the plate or pan. Cover with a generous amount of cheese. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes (more if your pan is larger). Then, if you would like, turn your broiler on and let the cheese get a little golden and toasty.
Serves as many as you would like.
|It's even good leftover...maybe even better.|